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30/10/2019

RCB advice – closure of RSMS certifications

The MIA has alerted the Department to the incorrect advice being provided by various RCBs that regional certification must be completed and approved before 15 November 2019, to enable RSMS applications to be lodged by that date.
The MIA has requested the Department to correct this misinformation with the RCBs.

As members will be aware, the RCB certification is a time of decision not time of application requirement. RSMS nominations and visa applications can be lodged without the RCB approval, which can be uploaded to the application before decision.

If lodging without the RCB approval, members are advised to attach evidence that the approval has been sought when lodging the applications. Members should advise clients that there is some element of risk in this strategy, given that the RCB may not approve the certification application.

In the meantime members should also check any certification application closure dates with relevant RCBs.

The MIA will update members on the Department’s response.

  Source: www.mia.org.au

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